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philodendron5
« on: April 11, 2004 12:24:25 PM »

I've been collecting the blue plastic piece that comes inside the lid of plastic soda bottles FOREVER. Now I have a few thousand of them (once people hear you're collecting something strange they seem to want to help.. yay for wacky art classes with crazy students!) Now, I want to do something with them.  I was thinking of maybe joining them together and then layering them as a translucent curtain.. or perhaps layering them over a piece of foam for a bathroom rug... I know that people make bracelets out of them... I could probably do both the amount that I have... I want to do something really great and interesting with them  just to stick it to any naysayers in my life Tongue. .. (granted some of ideas do drown... never make a throne out of used tires... Grin)Any suggestions?


ps I LOVE this site. I've been lurking around for a few months and I just got the nerve to become a member. YIPEE! Yay for crafty peopleof the world!
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2004 02:26:53 PM »

Brilliance!!  Shocked

Ideas:

- Clothing: dress, skirt, etc. Not very practical mind you...

- Purse: my personal favorite idea. You could probably attach them with jump rings to form a sheet, and use a string of tabs for the strap

- Earings: one tab per earring, might look cute.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do!
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2004 09:10:04 AM »

I love the idea about the curtain..I have a question for you..what is the easiest way to get this out of the cap without scraping ot all up or tearing it?I have a hard time getting them out sometimes(maybe its the cheap soda I drink..hahhah
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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2004 09:54:46 AM »

woah, me too. i have a shoebox full of soda cap liners that say "sorry, please try again." (they are really easy to find on the ground)

i was always planning to cover a table top with them, but i really like your curtain idea!
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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2004 11:13:14 AM »

hrmm a table that would be totally liquid resistant.. very interesting indeed! =)

~~ The blue plastic liners that I get come from mostly Coke products. Pepsi products glue the liners down for some reason. (lame-o's.) The liners in coke products just pop out. ~~~

they might make a really cool purse. I did make a purse out of cone reflectors that's pretty cool.. could do the same thing...


I'M GLAD THAT THERE'S MORE PEOPLE COLLECTING THIS THINGS!
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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2004 11:48:52 AM »

Hee!  I have truly found my community...I thought I was the only one who collected these things because "I ought to be able to find something cool to do with them!"

I've tried connecting them with jump rings, which works well.  Using this method, you could make bracelets, or put them together like chain mail to make the clothes and purses mentioned above.

The project that I've had in mind for mine is to make a silly hat with them.  I'd start with a turban-like cloth hat, probably white satin or a color that would look cool through the layers of blue plastic. Then I'd make one hole at the edge of each tab and attach them all over the hat, like fishscale sequins.  Lastly, I'd use something like many pieces of thin wire or strong fishing cord, with a circle or two attached to the end of each, to create a tuft at the top of the crown.  Ideally, the circles would be tightly packed enough to stand up slightly, creating an interesting texture, and attached in such a way that they would move when you moved your head, for maximum silliness.  

My inspiration for this idea was late-60s sci-fi fashions, Esther Williams movies, and a hat worn by the character Vulnavia in the last scenes of the movie "The Abominable Dr. Phibes."  Until I have a plan for wearing the hat, though, it's hard for me to justify the huge amount of time that would go into making it!
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